Thank you to the colleges and universities who submitted nominations for the inaugural New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award. The call for nominations is now closed and all eligible nominees have been invited to apply for the New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award. Recipients will be announced in summer 2016.

About the New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award
The Award will fund new faculty and their teams of graduate students and post-doctoral scholars to conduct innovative research with potential to expand the availability of food and facilitate the global practice of sustainable agriculture as the world’s population grows to more than 9 billion people by the year 2050. The program is intended to shine a spotlight on food and agriculture sciences and elevate the field in the scientific arena.

FFAR will award each recipient up to $100,000 per year for three years with an additional $100,000 required cash match for a total award of up to $600,000.

Questions? Please email Dr. Tawny Mata at


FFAR anticipates naming awards in each of its Target Areas of Research:

  • Optimizing Agricultural Water Use
  • Transforming Soil Health
  • Enhancing Sustainable Farm Animal Productivity, Resilience, and Health
  • Improving Plant Efficiency
  • Achieving a Deeper Understanding of Nutrition and Healthful Food Choices
  • Managing Food Production Systems to Enhance Nutritional Outcomes
  • Spurring Food System Innovation


Call for Nominations: Closed January 20, 2016

Eligible Nominees Invited to Apply: February 3, 2016

Applications Due: March 8, 2016


All U.S. institutions of higher education are invited to nominate one individual who is  within the first three years of his or her tenure-track or equivalent career. No more than one nominee per institution will be accepted. To facilitate a single institutional submission, FFAR recommends that the nomination be submitted through the organization’s Office of Sponsored Programs or a similar central office.

Download Nomination and Award Details

The Importance of Supporting New Innovators:

  • Investing a substantial amount in faculty members within the first three years of their careers will allow them to pursue innovative and transformational ideas uninhibited by the pressure of identifying their next grant.
  • Funding early career faculty is one important way to cultivate a creative workforce who will train, encourage, and inspire future generations of agricultural and food scientists.
  • This award is an important step in making agriculture an attractive field for aspiring scientists, whose need to “follow the money” often leads them to direct their research away from agriculture.

Join the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research in supporting the next generation of food and agriculture scientists. 
If you or your organization is interested in becoming a sponsoring partner in this effort, please email Dr. Sally Rockey.

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